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Cardinal softball beats Wilson Hall to win State Championship




Photo by Jim MarczeskyThe Cardinal Newman Cardinals, 2019 SCISA 3A Softball State Champions: 1 Jasmine Hogan So.; 2 Kaytlin Greenwood Fr.; 3 Makenna Hoover Jr.; 4 Lindsey Crider Jr.; 6 Lauren Crider Sr.; 7 Hannah Bostic So.; 8 Allison Dulaney Fr.; 9 Karson Hocutt Jr.; 10 Elizabeth Kay Jr.; 11 Mary Fraser Kay Jr.; 12 Elaina Russell Fr.; 15 Abi Wilkinson Sr.; 16 Mary Kathryn Gillespie Sr.; 17 Jazmyne Jefferson Fr.; 23 Maddie Dinkins Sr; 26 Carsten Puckett Jr.; Head Coach Dwayne Jones; Assistant Coaches Shannon Bostic and Kevin Hogan; Principal Jacqualine Kasprowski; Athletic Director Will Eudy; Athletic Trainer Heather Dubs

Photo by Jim MarczeskyThe Cardinal Newman Cardinals, 2019 SCISA 3A Softball State Champions: 1 Jasmine Hogan So.; 2 Kaytlin Greenwood Fr.; 3 Makenna Hoover Jr.; 4 Lindsey Crider Jr.; 6 Lauren Crider Sr.; 7 Hannah Bostic So.; 8 Allison Dulaney Fr.; 9 Karson Hocutt Jr.; 10 Elizabeth Kay Jr.; 11 Mary Fraser Kay Jr.; 12 Elaina Russell Fr.; 15 Abi Wilkinson Sr.; 16 Mary Kathryn Gillespie Sr.; 17 Jazmyne Jefferson Fr.; 23 Maddie Dinkins Sr; 26 Carsten Puckett Jr.; Head Coach Dwayne Jones; Assistant Coaches Shannon Bostic and Kevin Hogan; Principal Jacqualine Kasprowski; Athletic Director Will Eudy; Athletic Trainer Heather Dubs

The Cardinal Newman Cardinals blew out the Wilson Hall Barons 15-4 in the deciding Game 3 of the SCISA 3A Softball State Championship Series.

The Cardinal offense exploded as Maddie Dinkins went 3-for-4 with six RBI. Mary Kathryn Gillespie was also 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored. Jasmine Hogan went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and three runs scored, and Hannah Bostic was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Kaytlin Greenwood finished 2-for-4 as well with a run scored. Standout Carsten Puckett was walked four times but did score twice and pitched five innings allowing just one earned run while striking out four. 

Sydney Jarecki gave Wilson Hall a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a homer over the left field wall, but Cardinal Newman came back with three in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI double from Bostic and a two-RBI single from Dinkins.

The Cardinals added another run in the bottom of the second when Hogan homered to center field to lead 4-2. 

Photo by Jim MarczeskyCardinal Newman hoists the championship trophy.

Photo by Jim MarczeskyCardinal Newman hoists the championship trophy.

Cardinal Newman then blew the game open with seven runs in the bottom of the third. Karson Hocutt brought home Greenwood with a single to left. Hogan added an RBI single, and then Gillespie doubled to center field scoring Hocutt, Elizzabeth Kay, and Hogan. Dinkins added the final runs of the inning with a two-run double, and the Cardinals led 11-2.

Cardinal Newman added four more in the bottom of the fourth . Gillespie doubled again scoring Hogan. Bostic singled to center field to plate Gillespie, and Dinkins singled to right scoring Puckett and Lindsey Crider.

The Barons got two in the top of the fifth for the final 15-4 margin.

See the complete report from the game in next week’s edition of The Columbia Star.


Photo by Jim MarczeskyCardinal Newman's Jasmine Hogan is mobbed by teammates at home plate after she hit a home run against Wilson Hall.

Photo by Jim MarczeskyCardinal Newman’s Jasmine Hogan is mobbed by teammates at home plate after she hit a home run against Wilson Hall.

Photo by Jim MarczeskyMary Kathryn Gillespie hits one of her two doubles against Wilson Hall.

Photo by Jim MarczeskyMary Kathryn Gillespie hits one of her two doubles against Wilson Hall.

Photo by Jim MarczeskyCardinal Newman's Carsten Puckett pitches against Wilson Hall.

Photo by Jim MarczeskyCardinal Newman’s Carsten Puckett pitches against Wilson Hall.

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